KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Xinhua) -- A China-bound Malaysia Airlines plane may have turned back before it went missing from radar screen, a Malaysian civil aviation official said Sunday.
The Malaysian authorities are also investigating two passengers that had used false passports to board the plane, department of civil aviation director general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said.
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 passenger plane with 239 people onboard, including more than 150 Chinese, lost contact with air traffic controllers en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing early Saturday.
There are still no confirmed information about the fate of the plane after about 36 hours passed.
2 passengers with false passports aboard missing plane: Malaysian official
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Two passengers with false passports got on board the missing Malaysian plane according to the closed-circuit television (CCTV) records, Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation Director General Azharuddin Abdul Rahman confirmed here Sunday in a latest press conference. Full Story
Malaysian jet still unfound as two stolen passports prompt U.S. probe
KUALA LUMPUR/BEIJING, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian civil aviation authorities said Sunday that search operations continued overnight for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet but have so far failed to locate the Boeing 777 aircraft.
Officials from Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation said at a press conference that they have also dispatched three planes to join the hunt for Flight MH370, which has lost contact with traffic control for more than 30 hours. Full Story
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Chinese rescuers on way to salvage mission
SANYA, March 9 (Xinhua) -- An emergency response team sent by the Ministry of Transport set out early Sunday morning from south China's Sanya Port in Hainan Province to sea area where missing Malaysia Airline flight MH 370 may have crashed.
The rescue vessel "South China Sea Rescue 101" is carrying 12 divers and salvagers, and will join another rescue vessel "South China Sea Rescue 115" to the rescue site. Full Story
China makes all-out effort to locate missing flight
BEIJING, March 9 (Xinhua) -- China is making an all-out effort to search and rescue the Malaysia Airlines flight that has been missing since Saturday morning as the whole country continues to pray for the safety of the passengers onboard.
"As of now, the search and the rescue team has yet to determine the whereabouts of the MH370," said the airline's spokesman at a press conference in Beijing early Sunday, which lasted less than 30 minutes. Full Story
Still nothing able to be located: Malaysian DCA official
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Rescue operations in hunt for a missing Malaysian jet have continued overnight, but nothing was able to be located so far, a Malaysian civil aviation official said here Sunday morning.
Department of Civil Aviation Director General Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told a a press conference that they lost contact with the plane at 1:30 a.m. local time on Saturday. Full Story